It’s not totally unheard of for political donors to spread their largesse over more than one party. (Andrew Rosenfeld, now one of Labour’s most generous benefactors, was previously seen as close to the Conservative party. The property developer and one-time tax exile gave £10,000 to Ken Clarke in 2001 and was even considered a potential Tory Treasurer.)
But today’s donation figures include an unprecedented gem involving the mysterious “Ms Joan L B Edwards”.
Mrs Edwards gave more than half a million pounds in her will after she died in September 2012: spread between both the Tories and the Lib Dems.
According to party sources, her will specified that the money should go towards “whoever Read more >>